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Okla. Senator Seeks Open Records for Legislature (Jan 18, 2012)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A state senator from Oklahoma City is seeking to subject the Oklahoma Legislature to the state's Open Meetings and Open Records Acts.

Republican Sen. David Holt says he's filed two separate bills to accomplish his goal of greater transparency in state government. Similar bills in the past have not made it out of the Legislature.

Most of state government is required to follow the state's Open Meetings and Open Records laws, which allow public access to documents and meetings. However, the Legislature is specifically exempted.

Holt says his proposals would allow for the names of constituents to be kept confidential, which has frequently been cited as a reason lawmakers want to keep their records private.



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